Steam Train at Shimbashi Station by Utagawa Hiroshige III (early 1870s). Source.
At last we reached Takasaki -- the place from which the celebrated "land steamer" started on its puffing way to Tokyo. That was the first time that I ever saw a railway train. It looked to me like a long row of little rooms, each with a narrow opening on to the platform.
It was late in the afternoon, and I was so weary that I have little recollection of anything except a scolding from Brother, because I, feeling that I was entering some kind of a house, stepped out of my wooden shoes, leaving them on the platform. Just before the train started, they were handed in at the window by an official whose special duty it was to gather all the shoes from the platform before the starting of every train. I went to sleep at once, and the next thing I knew we were in Tokyo.
Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto, A Daughter of the Samurai, page 117.
The Edmonton Radial Rail Society maintains and runs a fleet of streetcars preserved from Edmonton's rail past, and from other cities in Canada and overseas, including #247 from Osaka, Japan. I originally learned about the railway and this expatriate Japanese streetcar at From Japan. There are more pictures here. Check this site for a map of Edmonton's streetcar network in its heyday.
Do you love Japan? Do you love trains? Train stations? Train station signage? Departure boards? Tickets? Train tickets with a map of the route printed right on them? Pictures of train track? Then this site is the one for you.
(Tetsudō = railroad.) (Not to be confused with the Latin testudo = turtle.)
Princes Pier train station in the days of semaphore.
Greenock Morton entertain Raith Rovers today in a league match at Cappielow. Last weekend these two teams met at Stark's Park in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and Morton won.
Q: I want to get from Kirkcaldy to Greenock to see the match. How would I do it by British Rail?
British Rail: Entrain at Kirkcaldy (KDY) Platform 2 at 11:19. Detrain at Haymarket (HYM) 11:50, and board the 12:00 to Glasgow Central (GLC). Detrain at GLC 13:09. Board the 13:35 to Cartsdyke (CDY). Detrain at 14:15. Walk 300m to Cappielow Park. The match begins at 15:00. Fare is £19.90.
Morton have won their previous two league games. If they win today they can consider themselves on a tear. The last time they won three league games in a row was November 2008.
Goals? Morton have scored 22 goals in 18 league matches so far this season. MacDonald has scored seven, Jackson five, O'Brien three, Di Giacomo and Weatherson two each, and Tidser, McGeouch and Campbell one each. How many goals were scored by substitutes? Three.
Here's a handy Greenock Morton player database covering the years 1946-47 to 2010-11.
Greenock's history of railroad construction is amazing. In the nineteenth century three competing railroads carved up the town to get at the lucrative passenger steamship trade of the lower Clyde, leaving today's landscape a post-industrial tangle of disused tunnels and viaducts. See here, here and here. The earth removed from the Newton Street tunnel was used to make Battery Park, where Greenock Juniors sometimes play. How many train stations does a town of 45,000 need? Greenock has eight.
Hamilton beat Partick 1 - 0 yesterday and moved ahead of Morton, bumping them back to seventh.
[Morton 1, Raith 1. Goal by O'Brien. Morton ascend to fifth place.]